Direct flights from Sweden to Greece will resume July 22 with the end of July depending on the epidemiological situation may resume direct flights from the United States and several countries that are not members of the EU, said government spokesman of Greece Stelios Petsas at the briefing.
Greece from 1 July resumed direct flights to most EU countries, have earned the airports on all the Greek Islands. The list does not included the number of countries, including Sweden, whose authorities have expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of Athens and urged its tourists to think whether to go on holiday to Greece.
Despite all the difficulties in relations between the administration of Donald trump and American IT-giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, the US President was ready to sacrifice the remnants of transatlantic solidarity and goodwill, which has been preserved in the relations between States and the European Union to protect the income of American corporations from European tax authorities.
Old conflict, which Mature for many years, now came to the open exchange of painful financial blows of billions of dollars — the European Union wants to "squeeze" us corporations, who for decades worked in the EU without paying taxes, and the US is going to punish the European Union for trying to gain minimal fiscal sovereignty. I must give credit to the team trump the revenge they have made a very point, in the sense that it was identified the specific author of the European breakthrough to freedom and "squirt", who dared to advance the idea that the American IT business, working in the "European colonies of the United States" actually have to pay taxes, and after this identification was followed by retaliatory us action.
Kiev's attempts to support the national machinery has caused discontent of Brussels. The EU Ambassador Matti Maasikas sent to the Prime Minister Denis Shmyhalou and the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Razumkova a warning letter about the inadmissibility of violation of the Association Agreement with the EU. Why the European officials can dictate to the Ukrainian authorities the conditions in the material RIA Novosti.
Brussels is dissatisfied with the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on procurement of machinery "with a proven degree of localization of production." Maasikas regarded it as "significant violation of the foundations of equal trade and non-discrimination".
The European Union welcomes the resumption of the Sunday dialogue on the normalization of relations between Serbia and the breakaway Republic of Kosovo with the mediation of Brussels.
"We just finished a virtual meeting with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hoti Avdullah. I am glad to say that after the summit in Paris on Friday and today's meeting of the comprehensive dialogue on the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo resumed after a break of 20 months," said EU special representative for dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Miroslav Lajcak.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias said that "dangerous" to consider the transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque problem, Greek-Turkish relations, not the world. In an interview with Skai Dendias also said that the EU should have a ready list of "strong" measures against Turkey in case of its violation of the sovereign rights of Greece.
On Monday, the issue of Turkey will be discussed in Brussels at the Council of foreign Ministers of the European Union. "There Greece will ask the European Union to compile a list of the strongest possible measures against Turkey if Turkey violates the sovereign rights of Greece," said Dendias.
The Minister for foreign Affairs of Iraq, Fuad Hussein asked his German colleague Heiko Maas to assist in the elimination of Iraq compiled from the EU list of countries with weak rules against money laundering and financing of terrorism, the statement said Iraqi foreign Ministry.
As noted in the statement, the foreign Ministers of Iraq and Germany held a telephone conversation, during which discussed a number of topics, including bilateral relations.
At key rail terminals to container shipments from China to Europe, there were enormous traffic jams. This, for example, Alashan, in the Xinjiang (where the train goes through Kazakhstan and Russia to Central Europe) and a few others. In China, the terminals proudly call the "land ports", show their foreign guests as an example of the use of artificial intelligence and other new technologies in organization of logistic process. And now, even artificial intelligence is not helping.
Namely, through the Alashan to Europe in that year went to ten trains a day, now 19, and still a part of them is delayed, the graphics are broken. Chinanski terminal in XI'an this year has already sent almost twice as many trains on the European direction than last year. That's when I remembered that there was a plan for the development and construction of Railways in Europe (2016-2019), which is fulfilled by 2018, and now the transportation load has increased by a third over itself.
Recession due COVID-19 in the Euro area becomes deeper and threatens to tear the currency Union of the EU, said the European Commissioner for Economics, Paolo Gentiloni in an interview with Welt.
"The latest economic figures are warning the recession is deeper than expected, and the economic development of countries in the Eurozone is becoming more and more uneven than expected in the spring. In Italy, France and Spain, the economy is collapsing at 10-11%. That's a lot. Other economies, such as Denmark, Poland, Sweden or Germany - yet, apparently, better able to cope with the crisis, there minus is around 4-6%. What we have always warned, confirmed: the recession because COVID-19 threatens to tear apart the Eurozone", - he said.
Between Ukraine and the European Union, a scandal erupted due to the timid attempts of the Square to support his dying engineering.
Background: on June 11 on the website of the Ministry of economy of Ukraine promulgated the draft government decree "Some issues of implementation of pilot project for the procurement of equipment machinery industry with a proven degree of localization of production." The decision was to be short-term only until December 31, 2021.
Greece after the decision of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque must immediately to impose sanctions against Ankara to close the Turkish Consulate in Komotini, the Museum of Kemal Ataturk in Thessaloniki, the border with Turkey, to open a mosque in Votanikos and close hundreds of illegal mosques, said RIA Novosti former MEP and President of the party "Greece – another way" NOTIS Marias.
He is Professor at the University of Crete, where he teaches the institutional setting of the European Union.
The national constituent Assembly of Venezuela urged the European community to abandon interventionism and called it shameful and immoral recent extension of sanctions against the Republic's leadership.
"We approved today, July 10, the European Parliament resolution 2019/295 is shameful and immoral document prepared by the right-wing elites who by criminal policy of the United States government abusing their parliamentary powers to legislate criminal aggression against the people of Venezuela," reads the statement of the Parliament, published edition of the Venezuela Extra.
The Federation Council urged the foreign Ministry and other Executive authorities to impose sanctions against the authorities of the Baltic countries because of the situation with RT and Sputnik.
We are talking about the leadership of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which "grossly violated the principles of freedom of speech and dissemination of information, as well as its obligations to international organizations."
The head of the European Council Charles Michel on Friday renewed the offer to the member countries of the EU multi-annual financial framework of the Union for the 2021-2027 years, and also Fund the restoration of agroeconomic after the associated with coronavirus crisis.
"In the discussions between the heads of state and government, it became clear that there are serious objections to this package. After that, I held a series of bilateral talks with European leaders, the results of which are to the revised draft multi-year budget plan and recovery Fund", - said the head of the European Council at the press conference in Brussels. According to him, the plan based on the priorities of Europe: climate, digitization, European values and strengthening the EU's position in the world. "We need to deal with the consequences of a pandemic, reform our economy and build our society," he added.
Russia does not see any benefit from a trade war, the United States and China, said the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"I don't see any benefit at all for Russia from a trade war between Washington and Beijing. We here benefit will not have any relations with the EU or in relations with India," the Minister said during the online session of the international forum "Primakov reading-2020".
Serbia and Kosovo are planning to resume the talks and to discuss the possibility of a new redistribution of borders in the Balkans. Intermediaries are Germany and France. The EU hopes that the discussion will bring a solution to the Kosovo issue, but in advance warn about any exchange of territories could not be considered. Ready to compromise Belgrade and Pristina, to understand RIA Novosti.
Brussels has regained a leading role in the Kosovo settlement after this failed DC. Scheduled for the end of June, the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina with the mediation of Donald trump failed because the charges against Hashim Thaci accusations of spectaculator the Hague court.
The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday began a multi-day trip to Europe, the result of which will be the first in 2018, a meeting with the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo Abdulahim Hoti.
The purpose of his visit, Vucic called the fight for the interests of Serbia on the Kosovo issue. In France July 9, a meeting was held of the Serbian leader with the President of France Emanuele a Macron. Next day online summit of the EU leadership, Germany, France, Serbia and the breakaway Republic. Initiated by the leaders of France and Germany.
The European Union copes with the pandemic coronavirus and its consequences and can be considered one of the best at the international level, however, you must work more, says EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell.
The head of EuroDeposit made on the online event on the issues of the pandemic coronavirus and Europe's role in the global response to the crisis COVID-19, organized by the European office of the Carnegie Foundation.
The prospects for the adoption of the resolution on the extension of the arms embargo against Iran "sad", they simply do not exist, said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia.
"This resolution is a very sad perspective, that is, they simply do not exist," - said Nebenzia in an open online interview.
The European Union expects to receive an invitation from Belarus to participate in monitoring the voting on election of the President of this country, said EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell.
"We hope that we as quickly as possible will be invited to observe the forthcoming presidential elections," - said in a written statement the head of European diplomacy.
His unfounded claims about the detention of the ship with Iranian weapons to the Huthis are trying to justify the extension of the arms embargo, said the official representative of Iranian foreign Minister Abbas Mousavi.
Earlier, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo reported the interception at the end of June next cargo of Iranian weapons destined for Yemeni rebels-Houthis. According to him, the consignment consisted of 200 rocket-propelled grenades, more than 1,700 of Kalashnikovs and rockets and other weapons.
The possible annexation by Israel of Palestinian territories on the West Bank of the Jordan river will negatively affect its relations with the European Union, warned EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell.
"As a person, personally associated with the region, I have emphasized in private conversations with Israeli leaders and publicly that the annexation will jeopardize the good cooperation with Israel. We exactly do not want," wrote Borrell in his blog on the page of the foreign service of the EU. According to him, now on the contrary there is a possibility for closer cooperation between the EU and Israel in the interests of achieving stability in the middle East. "But we cannot and will not accept changes to the borders that existed before 1967, unless it is agreed by both parties to the conflict," said Borrell.
The European Union considers the detention in the Crimea, seven suspects of involvement in the terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami"* politically motivated and expect their immediate release, said in a statement released by the press service of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.
FSB of Russia on Tuesday detained in the Crimea, seven Islamic terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami"* for propaganda and recruitment, including three leaders and four privates of active participants. The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov said that the presence in the region members of the terrorist organization is largely the heritage of Ukrainian period. The court arrested four suspects, a fifth was sent under house arrest.
Editor in chief of RT and international news AGENCY "Russia today" Margarita Simonyan ironically commented on the ban of broadcasting of five TV channels of RT in Lithuania.
"Dmitry Kiselyov is irrelevant to Russia Today. Dmitry Kiselev headed the news of the MIA "Russia today". Even if Google translator is telling you that "Russia today" translates as "Russia Today", — she wrote in the Telegram channel.
The President of the European Council Charles Michel told the European Parliament on progress in the negotiations on the multi-year financial plan for the 2021-2027 years and to Fund European economic recovery after the crisis COVID-19, noting that differences remain.
"States have agreed to discuss together multi-year financial plan and Fund recovery. All agree that there must be an unprecedented response to an unprecedented crisis. All agree that it is necessary to focus on regions and sectors of the economy, more than any other affected by the pandemic," said Michelle.
The organizers of the riots at the Parliament of Serbia in the night of Wednesday hoped to weaken the position of the Serbian leadership before the talks on Kosovo in the EU, said the President of Serbia Alexander Vucic.
In France on July 9, is scheduled to meet Serbian leader with the President of France Emanuele a Macron. Next day online summit of the EU leadership, Germany, France, Serbia and the breakaway Republic of Kosovo. On July 12, scheduled the first meeting between the Serbian President and Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Kosovo Hoti Abdulahim in Brussels for the first time after the freezing of dialogue in 2018.
The situation in the controlled economy of Belarus, despite the pandemic coronavirus, said Wednesday Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko.
Many countries on the background of the pandemic COVID-19 imposed quarantine restrictions on the movement of the population, which affected the performance of national economies. Belarus, such measures have not entered, struggling with the spread of infection - focal by isolating cases and their contacts, and do not limit the operation of enterprises, seeking to preserve jobs and labor groups. Under the baseline macroeconomic scenario, the growth of the economy in 2020 is planned at the level of 2.8%. Thus the created budget, and a conservative scenario that suggests GDP growth at year-end by 1.9%.
Italy and Spain believe that the EU will be able in July to agree on the agreement on anti-crisis Fund, stated after the meeting in Madrid premiere of Pedro Sanchez and Giuseppe Conte.
"July is the month of the agreement. Must be the month of the agreement. We all have a responsibility to make sure that it was the month of the agreement," said Sanchez, commenting on the possibility of reaching agreement at the EU summit on July 17-18.
The European Union needs to decide who she wants to be in Europe "is rapidly changing the world order," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"At the same time, we live in a world of global change, when shifted to the zone of influence, and Europe despite the commitment of many member countries of the transatlantic Alliance more by herself. We must and can decide who he wants to be Europe in this rapidly changing world order," said she, presenting in the Parliament the programme of the German presidency of the EU Council.
Germany in the role of the temporary President of the EU Council intends to work not only on the recovery of the European economy in the short term, but also to ensure the EU maintaining its place in the international community, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel presenting on Wednesday MEPs program for the next six months.
"The priority of the German EU presidency will be the strengthening of European unity to exit the crisis. We not only want to stabilize Europe in the short term, we want to create a Europe of hope, Europe, confident of themselves, attentive to the innovations that will keep its place in the international arena," - said the German Chancellor.
In the German city of Wuppertal appeared environmentally friendly buses that run on hydrogen fuel from power plants that burn waste, said the evropul's.
Thus generating no emissions except water vapor. Now while ten such vehicles go several routes. It is planned that next year there will be twice as much. Each hydrogen bus can carry up to 75 passengers.
The Georgian authorities have declared readiness to start direct air links and open in a pandemic of borders with five countries: Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and guests from these countries will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine, said the representative of the Prime Minister, Irakli Chikovani.
According to him, it is not known when it will resume direct flights with these countries, authorities are in talks with different airlines. Chikovani said that the agreement is only with the airline Lufthansa, which from August will be carried out in Germany two flights a week.
Austria has no plans to open the borders to third countries, despite the recommendation of the EU Council, said Wednesday foreign Minister Alexander Shallenberg.
The EU Council on Tuesday agreed on the recommendation regarding the progressive removal of restrictions on the optional trip to the European Union, adopting the list of countries in which borders can start to open from 1 July.
. The transatlantic partnership again pass the test of strength. This time the call is internal: the allies and Germany intend to impose reciprocal sanctions over the Russian gas pipeline. Angela Merkel doubts the desire of Americans to remain leaders and calls on the EU to come together for constructive dialogue with Russia. If it helps, Moscow, versed RIA Novosti.
The restrictive measures of the United States — a violation of the sovereignty of the EU and European energy security. So in the German foreign Ministry reacted to the news about the upcoming Berlin against the sanctions because of "Nord stream — 2".
The Russian cynological Federation (RKF) shared with RIA Novosti useful tips for those who decided to travel with a dog.
"For many of us a dog is a full-fledged member of the family who cannot be left at home or in the zoo hotels when I travel. Many believe that to take your pet with you on a long journey too troublesome or even impossible, but it is misleading," said RIA Novosti President of RKF Vladimir Golubev.
Switzerland joined the EU sanctions against some Venezuelan officials, said in a statement published on the website of the Federal Council (government) of the country.
The decision to expand the list of persons under sanctions was made the day before, and entered into force on 7 July. The list includes, in particular, senior officials of the National Assembly of Venezuela, the Supreme court and the Constituent Assembly.
The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed by telephone with foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas urgent task of humanitarian assistance to Syrians without preconditions, according to the Russian depodesta.
"They discussed topical issues of the middle East agenda with a focus on the situation in Syria and around it. Were considered pressing issues of humanitarian assistance to all Syrians in all areas of the country without politicization, discrimination and preconditions", - said in a statement on the foreign Ministry website.
Among the main tasks for Germany the next six months will be the Chairman of the Council of the EU, there are cooperation of the EU and its partners in the fight against coronavirus, out of the crisis caused by the pandemic, security issues, including international crises and the strengthening of relations between the EU and Russia, said the Ambassador of Germany in Russia géza Andreas von Geir.
"I am pleased to present to you the priorities of the German presidency of the EU... They will look completely different because all the cards mixed us coronavirus crisis. I will present seven challenges that we will try to respond as efficiently as possible during our presidency. The first of them - to combat the coronavirus, the cooperation of health," said von Geir in a press briefing to mark the start of the German presidency of the EU Council.
Internet attackers have found a new method of attacks on banks and companies - distributed for a long time attack to conduct sabotage or espionage, said in an interview with RIA Novosti CEO and founder of the international company Group-IB, specializing in the prevention of cyber-attacks, Ilya Sachkov.
The attack can be distributed for a long time, even for several years: in 2017, made the first action, in 2018 - the second in 2019 - the third, in 2020 the fourth, therefore, to link these actions to a serial chain is very difficult, explained nets.
The permanent representative of China to the UN Zhang Jun handed over the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the instrument of accession of China to the International Treaty on arms trade (ATT), said the Chinese permanent mission to the organization.
The Treaty will enter into force for China 90 days after the instrument of accession.
The Estonian government is weighing the possibility on the example of Latvia to ban broadcasting of Russian TV channels in the country, Russia Today reported on Monday the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Baltic Republic Urmas Reinsalu.
Last week Latvia has banned broadcasting of channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV, having reasoned its decision by the fact that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions. While Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today", while the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain. Commenting on the decision of Latvia and Lithuania, Simonyan wrote that now expects the same from the government of Estonia.
A day in Switzerland, identified 47 cases COVID-19, since the beginning of the epidemic became ill 32 315 people in total died 1686 patients, said Monday's Federal office of public health of the country.
Since the beginning of the epidemic was conducted 636 397 tests COVID-19, for the past day - 4082. As noted in the Federal office of public health of the country, a small number of new cases is due to the fact that the weekend was conducted less tests. The average last week was tested in the order of 9700 people per night, the virus was found in 6.1% of cases.
Belgium does not intend to lift restrictions on travel to countries outside the EU, in accordance with the adopted last Tuesday by the recommendations of the Council of the European Union, told Belgian newspaper Le Soir.
According to him, the decision was made Tuesday following the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. It is expected that details will be published later in the message of the Belgian Ministry of foreign Affairs.
The arms embargo against Iran will be canceled automatically, it does not need sanction from any party, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Earlier, the Ambassador of Iran in Russia Kazem Jalali said that if the United States extended an arms embargo against Iran, we can say the death of a Joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD) on the Iranian nuclear program.
Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu held Monday in Ankara talks with the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell and again raised the issue of simplification of visa regime with the EU.
"The EU promised Turkey to simplify the visa regime and must act fairly," said çavuşoğlu during a joint press conference.
The European Union considers the sentence unjustified Pskov journalist Svetlana Prokopieva in the form of a fine of 500 thousand rubles for public justification of terrorism, said in a written statement foreign service of the EU.
"She was ordered to pay a significant fine, which we feel is unjustified", - the document says.
One of the most visited museums in the world - the Paris Louvre opened its doors on Monday after they had remained closed because of the epidemic of the coronavirus almost four months. Tickets online on the first day of work booked more than 7 thousand visitors, told RIA Novosti the Museum.
After the easing of the quarantine measures, some museums – mostly small – have opened in France in may, others larger in June. The Louvre began to take the audience one of the last.
Prime Minister of Moldova ion chicu said that the country could lose support from the European Union in the amount of 100 million euros, as the opposition blocks work in Parliament and refuses to consider the draft revision of the budget, responsibility for which was assumed by the Cabinet.
Moldovan opposition, boycotting the initiative of the government, disrupted three sessions of Parliament.
If the United States extended an arms embargo against Iran, we can say the death of a Joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD) on Iran's nuclear program, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali.
"Recently they (the U.S. - ed.) initiated the meeting of the UN security Council with the aim to create preconditions for the renewal of the arms embargo against Iran. If the United States will succeed, it will be possible to ascertain the death of SVPD," said Jalali in an interview with TV channel "Russia 24".
Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti and President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic will come next Sunday in Brussels to take part in the resumption of dialogue under the auspices of the EU, said at a press conference in Brussels, the official representative of the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell Peter Stano.
"This will be the first meeting since November of 2018 in the framework of this dialogue under the auspices of the EU. It will be held two days after the summit via videoconference to the relationship of Serbia and Kosovo, which will be hosted by France with Germany and the EU high representative," - said Stano.
The application of Israeli sovereignty in parts of the West Bank of the Jordan river are scheduled over the coming days, said the foreign Minister of Israel Gabi Ashkenazi in an interview with radio Kan.
"It is not included in the agenda for today or tomorrow," said Ashkenazi in response to a reporter's question.
State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbec responded to the criticism by the EU of voting on amendments to the Constitution of Russia in the Crimea, noting that this is a personal matter of Russian citizens.
Voting on amendments to the basic law was held from 25 June to 1 July. After processing 100% of protocols, the total turnout of voters amounted to 67,97%. For acceptance of amendments have voted 77,92% (almost 58 million Russians), against of 21.27% (about 16 million). The European Union condemned the vote in the Crimea and participation of the residents.
Moscow urges its partners in the Joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran's nuclear program not to lose a common language in an attempt to find ways of AGREEMENT from the crisis, all arising in the implementation of the AGREEMENT, the issues should be resolved within the framework of the Joint Commission, said the Russian foreign Ministry.
Earlier it was reported that the Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent the EU a letter, listing all the points of non-compliance by France, Germany and great Britain the conditions of the nuclear deal, Tehran is going to solve them through a joint Committee.
The EU Council in the preparation of the list of countries recommended for the lifting of travel restrictions, was guided, in particular, the transparency provided by the States statistics mass testing of citizens, told RIA Novosti the independent expert of the European information resource on the issues of Schengen www.schengenvisainfo.com Granite Garden.
For example, Thailand has entered the list of the EU and Vietnam, despite the fact that the last recorded fewer infected.
The European Union uses objective criteria in making its recommendations on lifting restrictions on travel to third countries, but their implementation is not automatically and requires further evaluation, reported RIA Novosti the representative of the European Commission.
The Council of the EU agreed on Tuesday a list of third countries with which the possible resumption of flights. In the list, consisting of 15 States, no Russia and the United States.
The speaker's ruling in Eastern Libya the house of representatives (Parliament) of akila Saleh said that a military solution to the crisis in the country does not exist, and welcomed the mediation of the Russian Federation in the settlement.
"Confirm to you that a military solution to the crisis in Libya is missing," said Saleh at a meeting with Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
The speaker's ruling in Eastern Libya the house of representatives (Parliament) of akila Saleh said that the national consensus government of Libya, headed by Fitom Barragem Shirtshe violates the agreement under which the powers of the NTC was limited to one year with possible extension for another year, but "the time has long expired".
"The international community recognizes as legitimate authority, which is not selected, which violates the political agreement concluded in Skhirat in 2015. In the result the agreement was formed a presidential Council and a national consensus government, which failed to meet the requirements that were originally laid," said Saleh at a meeting with Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko.
Embassy of Russia in Riga called rabid prohibition of Latvia to broadcast seven RT channels.
Earlier, the Latvian regulator has banned the broadcasting seven channels RT, explaining that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions. While Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today" and editor-in-chief is the RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain.
Georgia is not considering the issue of opening land borders in a pandemic coronavirus, told reporters, Prime Minister Georgi Gajaria.
In early may Gajaria said that from June 15, Georgia will open to provide the service of domestic tourism, and from 1 July will be ready to receive foreign tourists.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed confidence that the EU will be able to cope with the economic crisis and the challenges of the pandemic and called the decision on the introduction of restrictions to combat the coronavirus, one of the most challenging in his tenure as Chancellor.
"The European economy suffered a serious blow, the basic rules should have been and should be temporarily restricted in unprecedented for our democracies scale. These decisions are among the most challenging in my tenure as Chancellor, and I am sure that you, the heads of the regions in recent months has been through the same thing," she said, speaking in the Bundesrat (Federal Council), where he presented the programme of the German presidency of the EU Council in the next six months.
Joint pandemic coronavirus can be for Europe and Russia a stimulus to discussion and decision of issue of lifting the sanctions, said in an interview with RIA Novosti the head of the Association of European businesses (AEB) Tadzio Schilling.
The EU Council in June adopted a decision to prolong sanctions against certain sectors of Russia's economy, introduced in 2014 on the background of the crisis in Ukraine. The EU explained that this decision was taken "after the last evaluation implementation of the Minsk agreements, held during the teleconference, members of the European Council on 19 June 2020."
Member of Parliament, co-Chairman of party "Oppositional platform For life" Vadim Rabinovich called the Ukrainian authorities "morons" and said they led the country to the brink of collapse and destruction. Interview MP with journalists was broadcast channel "112 Ukraine".
In particular, the MP said that in Ukraine there is a crisis of governance in the state. According to him, the government is headed by "unhealthy" Prime Minister who does not know what to do, and President Vladimir Zelensky, according to Rabinovich, the last time seen "only in the movies".
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he intends to establish a new direct dialogue between foreign Ministers and to reach a new understanding with the European Union after the rejection of expulsion of the representative of the EU.
The foreign Ministry of Venezuela and the European Union issued a joint statement in which it declared invalid the decision of the authorities of the Bolivarian Republic of to expel the Ambassador of the EU Isabel Pedrosa after the strengthening of sanctions against Caracas.
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo believes that the expulsion of EU Ambassador to Venezuela will only lead to isolation of the country.
"Expulsion of the Ambassador, the EU is only further isolating Venezuela from free and democratic countries," Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
The foreign Ministry of Venezuela and the European Union issued a joint statement in which it declared invalid the decision of the authorities of the Bolivarian Republic of to expel the Ambassador of the EU Isabel Pedrosa.
"The Venezuelan government decided to annul the decision adopted on 29 June 2020, according to which the Ambassador Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, head of the delegation of the European Union in Caracas, was declared a persona non grata," - said in the text of the statement on the website of the EU.
The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova condemned the ban on the broadcasting of the seven RT channels in Latvia.
The Latvian regulator, previously banned broadcasting of channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV, explained its decision by the fact that they supposedly belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions.
Russia calls on international organizations to assess how the decision of Riga to ban the broadcasting of RT in line with political commitments of Latvia, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
She recalled that this is not the first step on the part of Latvia to sweep the information space in the country, where more than 40% of the population prefer to receive information in Russian.
The issue of extending the UN arms embargo against Iran unconstructive from the point of view of the prospects for preservation of the Joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD), said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
"Promoted by Washington in the security Council a draft resolution on indefinite arms embargo against Iran represents a set of restrictive measures in line with the American policy of maximum pressure on Tehran and touched on a range of issues that have nothing to do with the settlement of the situation around the Iranian nuclear program. We consider the question of the introduction of any additional restrictions against Iran are not only unjustified, but also counterproductive from the perspective of conservation of a Joint comprehensive plan of action for resolution of the Iranian nuclear program," she said at a briefing on Thursday.
The European Commission hopes that the resolution on distribution in the European Union first medicines when COVID-19 will be issued before the end of this week, said Commission spokesman at a press conference.
"Protecting health is a key priority for the EC. In particular we have therefore accelerated the process for permission to distribute (in the EU) "Ramdevpir" that he was available to residents. We hope that this resolution will be by the end of this week," he said.
A day in Switzerland identified 116 new cases of coronavirus infection COVID-19, since the beginning of the epidemic became ill on 31 967 people, said Thursday the Federal office of public health of the country.
According to the July 2, a day in the country registered 116 new infections (before 137), one person died. Thus, the total number of cases was 31 967 people just died 1686 people.
Tehran considers all the scenarios around the arms embargo and the resolution of the IAEA, but to hurry with the answer is not, told RIA Novosti the official representative of the government of Iran, Ali Rabia.
According to him, resolution of the IAEA for admission to the two disputed nuclear sites in Iran and US attempts to renew the arms embargo Tehran sees as two different issues.
The United States will initiate in mid-July vote in the UN Security Council to extend the arms embargo against Iran, said the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Kelly Kraft in an interview with Bloomberg.
Earlier, the Ambassador of Germany to the UN, Christoph Heusgen said that the UN security Council has no plans in July to consider the issue of extending the arms embargo against Iran.
Berlin is forced to reorient foreign policy, focusing on Russia, after the emergence of a number of contradictions with the U.S., said senior researcher of the Center for European studies, IMEMO RAS Vladimir olenchenko in an interview with RT.
Earlier, the Ambassador of Germany in Moscow géza Andreas von Geir announced that Berlin during the German presidency in the Council of the European Union will seek closer cooperation with Russia.
Editor in chief of RT TV channel and MIA "Russia today" Margarita Simonyan, commenting on the ban of broadcasting of RT in Latvia, said that the local authorities have long blocked Sputnik, and it does not prevent him to be an effective resource.
She stressed that in many countries of the former Soviet Union Sputnik ranks first in audience.
The head of delegation of European politicians, French member of the European Parliament, Thierry Mariani, called the ritual protest of the Ukrainian authorities on a visit to Crimea, describing it with the expression "in one ear flew, flew to another".
The delegation of the European politicians and experts is in the Crimea on a working visit. The delegation consisted of nine people, including five French members of the European Parliament.
The head of the Department for external economic relations of the Union of German industrial-Commerce chambers (DIHK) Volker Treier encouraged to use "comfortable for the WTO" tools of trade protection in relation to the "Nord stream 2" in the case against him will be involved in extraterritorial sanctions.
He stressed that "the concern of the German economy increases" in connection with the sanctions of an extraterritorial nature that was employed by Washington in recent years in a number of countries, particularly Iran, Cuba and other countries in Latin America. However, the business would not recommend "to join in a sanctions spiral", the EU has a "fierce tools" that can be "proven" in terms of possible tightening of sanctions, said Treier.
Spain and Portugal on Wednesday open their land border, which was closed because of the pandemic coronavirus since mid-March.
The ceremony, which takes place first in the Spanish territory, in the fortress of Badajoz, and then on the other side of the border, Elvas, attended by the king of Spain Felipe VI, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, head of the Portuguese Cabinet, antónio Costa.
The success of the outbreak of the German presidency of the EU Council will be the preservation of the EU as an economic block, every effort will be left to struggle with the economic consequences of a pandemic coronavirus, the other issues will recede into the background, says German political analyst Alexander Rahr.
Germany Wednesday begins the semi-annual presidency in the EU Council. The mechanism of the presidency allows a country-member of EU for six months to take on the role of leader of the Union in addressing the pressing issues on the agenda. The program of the German presidency focused on the fight against the pandemic coronavirus and its implications, with a focus on what the EU's response, especially in the field of economic recovery needs to be strategic and oriented to the future, in particular, to understand the objectives of climate protection and adaptation of the economy under the green technology and the further digitalization of the economy with an eye on the "digital sovereignty".
The former Chancellor of Germany, Chairman of the Board of Directors of "Rosneft" and the head of Committee of shareholders of Nord Stream AG Gerhard schröder considers the impending U.S. sanctions against the "Nord stream 2" intentional termination of the transatlantic partnership, according to newspaper Handelsblatt, citing the position of the shredder for open hearings of the Committee on economy and energy of the Bundestag.
Earlier it was reported that Schroeder will take part in the open hearings of the Committee on economy and energy of the Bundestag, dedicated to the "Nord stream 2" and the energy sovereignty of Europe and Germany. The meeting will be devoted to discussion of the upcoming U.S. new sanctions against the pipeline - this is dedicated to the reports of experts who will speak at the hearings. As explained by RIA Novosti in the office of Schroeder, ex-Chancellor would not make a report, as stated in the announcement of the Committee, but will answer questions if they are asked of him. A separate interaction with the press are planned.
The US special envoy on Iran Brian hook said that the US President Donald trump will never allow Iran to have nuclear weapons and the US "always consider the" military option to prevent this.
He noted that
Ukraine and Poland on Wednesday launch a new virtual connection of its gas system, which will replace the two existing interconnection – "Drozdovychi" and "Guarded". This will simplify the import of gas to Ukraine from the Polish direction.
Earlier, the head of the "Operator GTS of Ukraine" Sergey Makogon reported that gas supplies from Poland to Ukraine via the "virtual reverse" began in January. Later a "virtual reversal" of gas was launched from Slovakia and Hungary. According to him, Ukraine prior to the expiration of the previous contract with Russia for gas transit could not use the "virtual reverse" and was forced to physically take out all volumes of gas to Poland through the "Drozdovychi" and to deliver the desired volume back through the "Guarded".
The transition period after Brеxit will not be renewed - Britain has not used consistent with the EU the possibility to file a request for such extension before the expiration of June. Now the fate of future relations with the European Union is in the hands of the negotiators - that their talents will determine whether it will maintain the United Kingdom's close trade and economic links with continental Europe, or context, London and Brussels in 2021 will be built in accordance with the rules and tariffs of the WTO.
Currently, the negotiations with the EU on a trade agreement actually stopped. The British side accused Brussels of politicization of the process and demanded to change the tone. After the fourth round of parties stated that disputes, including fisheries, are preserved and recognized that have reached the maximum of what is possible with virtual negotiations. Meeting the pandemic coronavirus was conducted by video conference. Sign the agreement and ratify it required up to the end of 2020. If the document will not be accepted, the parties will spread, breaking all the relations and interaction.
Germany Wednesday begins the semi-annual presidency in the Council of the European Union. By chance, during an ongoing pandemic coronavirus and severe economic crisis in EU history to the first position opens Europe's largest economy.
Germany is considered the "engine" of integration and economic development of the European Union. The country's share in GDP of the Union is almost a quarter, the economic problems of the EU, as shown by the global financial and subsequent Eurozone debt crisis, can only be solved taking into account the views of Berlin. In the current crisis, Germany has already demonstrated its leadership in the Union, effectively coped with the first wave of the pandemic, taking a massive package of economic aid to businesses and households, and together with Paris initiated a debate on the economic recovery program of the European Union, which is closely intertwined with the priorities of the chairmanship in the Union.
Attempts to change the schedule of lifting the arms embargo against Iran is tantamount to the undermining of resolution 2231 UN security Council, said at a meeting of security Council foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.
U.S. seeks extension of expiring in the autumn of the arms embargo against Iran. Recently States have made to UN security Council resolution relevant content.
Donor conference on Syria, "the Brussels-4" was able to collect 6.9 billion euros (7.7 billion dollars) to assist Syrian refugees, said at the conference, European Commissioner for crisis management Janez Lenarcic.
"The Euro has been a promised 6.9 billion. So, in US dollars, it is 7.7 billion. For 2020, in euros total contributions should amount to 4.9 billion euros, or 5.5 billion US dollars. It is only in 2020. For 2021 and a further amount of contributions – 2 billion Euro, or 2.2 billion U.S. dollars", - said on the results of the Commissioner.
The EU Council has proposed a number of exceptions to come into the Union from third countries not included in the special list of States to which residents can be lifted restrictions on the entry from 1 July, said the EU Council.
The Council on Tuesday agreed on the recommendation regarding the progressive removal of restrictions on the optional trip to the European Union, adopting the list of countries in which borders can start to open from 1 July. It did not include, for example, Russia and the United States. It is recommended to start to remove restrictions for residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China, but subject to confirmation of reciprocity in the opening of borders. The people of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents when applying this recommendation, stated in the release.
Russia was not included in the list of countries that the EU open border from 1 July, but the tourism is not affected, said Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia Maya Lomidze.
According to the Council of the European Union countries to remove the restrictions proposed for residents of: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China on the principle of reciprocity.
Associated with the Schengen area Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland acceded to the recommendations adopted by the Council of the EU, the gradual removal of restrictions on the optional trip to the European Union from 1 July, said the Council.
The Council on Tuesday agreed on the recommendation regarding the progressive removal of restrictions on the optional trip to the European Union, adopting the list of countries in which borders can start to open from 1 July. It did not include, for example, Russia and the United States.
The Council of the European Union countries recommended to begin gradually to remove restrictions on the optional trip to the European Union, agreed on a list of countries in which borders can start to open from 1 July, Russia and the United States in it, and China is, but with the conditions, stated in the release Council.
Based on the number of criteria and conditions set out in the recommendations, we propose to remove restrictions from 1 July at the external borders for the residents of: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China, but subject to confirmation of reciprocity in the opening of borders.
The Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diyab, referring to the EU and the UN demanded to exclude Lebanon from the sanctions policy against Syria and to help in the process of return of refugees back to Syria.
"I urge the United Nations and the European Union to protect Lebanon from the consequences of any imposed against Syria sanctions, in particular related to the law of "Caesar," said Diyab in a video message to the participants of the 4th international pledging conference on Syria.
The Council of the EU published a list of States, which recommended to open EU borders from July 1, Russia and the United States were not included.
Remove restrictions proposed for residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China on the principle of reciprocity.
The decision of the National Council for electronic media of Latvia on the prohibition of broadcasting seven channels RT on the grounds that they allegedly owned by the CEO of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, funny and just shows the ignorance of the Latvian authorities as to RT Kiselev has no relation, he told RIA Novosti.
The Latvian regulator, the ban on Tuesday, the broadcasting channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV explained its decision by the fact that they belong to Kiselyov, under sanctions from the European Union.
U.S. sanctions against Syria under the so-called "act of Caesar" cripple the Syrian economy and wreak havoc on ordinary citizens, while the negative effect of unilateral sanctions cannot be compensated either by donor contributions or humanitarian exemptions, which in practice do not work, said Deputy foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Vershinin.
"Regrettable that on the eve of the conference, may 28, the EU adopted a decision to extend the illegal unilateral sanctions against Syria imposed bypassing the UN security Council. Prior to this, on 7 may, a similar decision was taken in Washington, and then, on June 17, reinforced its entry into force the so-called "Act of Caesar". In the words of this law and sanctions supposedly aimed at the protection of civilians in Syria, but in fact cripple the Syrian economy and hit ordinary Syrians," said Vershinin during the international online conference "Brussels-4". The text of his speech published on the foreign Ministry website.
Recommended Tuesday the EU to the execution of the list of third countries with which it is possible to open the external border on 1 July, should be reviewed every two weeks and state there it is possible to add and delete, depending on the epidemiological situation, said in a statement the EU Council statement.
The EU Council on Tuesday adopted a recommendation on the gradual opening of the external borders. Starting from 1 July. The first list of countries with which it is recommended to open the borders, entered Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China (on the basis of the principle of reciprocity).
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias on the 4th Brussels conference on Syria expressed readiness to contribute to collective efforts to restore Syria and the return home of refugees. This is stated in the statement of Dendias, the press service of the foreign Ministry.
The conference "in support of the future of Syria" was held by video conference.
More than 60 new infections COVID-19 recorded in Switzerland for the day, since the beginning of the outbreak in the country ill 31 714 people, said Tuesday the Federal office of public health of the country.
According to 30 June, a day in the country registered 62 new infections (35 before), two died. Thus, the total number of cases was 31 714 people just died 1684 person.
Finland receives from the EU structures 12 million euros to receive 175 minors arriving in the country from the camps of the Mediterranean countries, said on Tuesday the interior Ministry of Finland.
As expected, 175 minor refugees in camps in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Malta, will arrive in Finland in July.
EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell said the European sanctions against Syria do not interfere with the provision of humanitarian assistance.
According to him, the EU provided € 2.3 billion to assist Syrians in 2020-2021 years. These funds, in particular, will be used to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt. "They deserve the support of the EU, and this support will continue," said Borrell.
The Georgian authorities hope that the country will get a list of the 15 States with which the European Union will open the border, said foreign Minister David Zalkaliani at the briefing.
Earlier in June, the European Commission proposed to EU member States to gradually open the external border for residents of third countries from 1 July. She, in particular, suggested to agree on a common list of third States, in which restrictions on entry into the Union can be withdrawn from this date. EK, among other things, recommended to open external border of the EU for residents of third States that open their borders to the EU. The EC proposed to include in this list the countries of the Western Balkans. As reported by AFP, the proposed list of countries from which it will be possible to visit Europe in July and which is approved by EU member States include Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The majority of German companies operating in Russia in favor of lifting the economic sanctions of the EU, showed a survey on the business climate of the Russian-German chamber of Commerce (AHK) in the first half of 2020.
For the immediate lifting of sanctions by 41.5% of respondents and 53.4% and believe that they need to be lifted gradually.
The EU will continue to exert pressure on the Syrian government, said on Tuesday the EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell, opening an online conference on the Syrian issue "Brussels-4".
He also said that during the week the EU held consultations with representatives of civil society in Syria, which, he said, "inspires hope for a better future of this country."